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Mussel Field Day with DNR Malacologist Bernard Sietman
September 28, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm$5
WHAT: CURE Events & Adventures Series Mussel Field Day
WHERE: Memorial Park in Granite Falls, MN [Hwy 67]
WHEN: Saturday, September 28th, 2013
TIME: Meet at the shelter at 10 AM
COST: Free for CURE Members; $5 for non-members
- Bernard Sietman, Malacologist at the Minnesota DNR will present
- Opportunity to look at mussels in the Minnesota River
- Learn about the properties that determine river health
- Learn about how the removal of the Minnesota Falls Dam will allow fish movement which will benefit mussels
Sietman is one of two specialists in the State of Minnesota that work with mussels. Bernard will give an overview of the mussel species, provide information for identifying varies species and answer questions. Participants will have the opportunity to “get their feet wet” and explore the area and learn how to assess the health of the river.
Benard Sietman is a Missouri Native and has worked on mussels in 13 states of a period of 20 years as a student, consultant, and biologist for Missouri and Illinois; he has been with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (CNR) since 2002. His first memory of a mussel was when he was about 12 years old. His Dad reeled in a giant floater he accidentally hooked while fishing, he didn’t realize the species until many years later. In the photo attached he is holding a rare, and federally endangered, Sheepnose mussel in Pool 5 of the Mississippi River.